Hey WA family I was on Google doing some research for my affiliate marketing series that I am posting on Youtube in Kiswahili, and just came across one of my Youtube videos being used on a website. The website does not have any other content apart from my video and the person has used my description and changed the links.

Is that allowed? I mean I spent a lot of time creating that video, as I mentioned it's one of the videos from my Affiliate marketing course in Kiswahili that I am currently working on and posting on Youtube.

I am not sure how I feel so I need your input, I do want my course to reach more people, but I also want them to visit the links I have shared on the description one of the links being my website.

I feel like this person is stealing from me by editing the links and putting his affiliate links.

And just using my words that I wrote in the description of the video. I am I being crazy, is this practice allowed? If not, what can I do?

I also have an article on my website where I have embedded the very same video. What do I do?

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MoniqueRich Premium
Wow, this is so bad, I am so sorry for you.
Youtube is great and it is free, so not only honest people can use it.
I think it is not difficult to steal videos from someone else and post it as yours.

They can download Youtube Videos easily nowadays, all they have to do is put this in Openshot or some other video editors, and posted it new on their own Youtube Chanel. This is unfortunately an error in this whole free Youtube system.

But thank god, you have got some great solutions already, for the next video.
Watermark, your URL blending in, and maybe your own logo that stays the whole video. Of course, you can blend all the links or logos out with those video editors, but it takes a lot of time to do this.
I really hope your next video will be only yours. Good luck.
Monique
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Roseblogger Premium
Thank you so much, you are right, YouTube is great but it can be challenging too. I will do better with my videos in the future, I will make sure my website is visible at all times during the video. I will also mention it more as I speak in the videos.
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MoniqueRich Premium
Yes, you have to do this, maybe you should also be present in your videos. I think you get much more followers-traffic when they can see you. You have the look lady! And for sure, nobody will cut you out!
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magistudios Premium Plus
Hi Rose,

You can update the settings within your video so it can't be embedded which would prevent the video from being seen on that website.

When you upload a video, set it to public and allow it to be embedded, you are giving permission to embed the video on websites.

Regards,
Jay
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Roseblogger Premium
Thank you, Jay, I have disabled embedding but the video is still showing on his website and he has also used a screenshot of the video as the header image on his website. basically, he is using my face as the header image.
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magistudios Premium Plus
The embedded video should stop the ability to play within a day.
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Roseblogger Premium
OK, Thank you.
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GeoffreyC1 Premium
If you replaced the video in you tube with one where you verbally give your contact details, does it update his version?
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Roseblogger Premium
I am not sure what he did but the changes I make in my Youtube studio are not impacting his version of the video. I think he must somehow download the video, then uploaded it to his website.
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GeoffreyC1 Premium
Ah that's a pity. Have you asked him to remove it?
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Roseblogger Premium
Yes, I did so I am waiting to see what happens.
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EHR Premium
Theft of intellectual property? Yes that is wrong. The answers these others gave are great Rose. Gene
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Roseblogger Premium
Thank you so much.
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philmedia Premium Plus
You can go through their rights management department , if its worth it a cheap lawyer letter can help, but as Phil says a watermark or some kind of intro is always helpful. Good luck, Phil
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Roseblogger Premium
From now on I will make sure my website is visible all through the video, I usually put my website at the end of the video, I do also mention it during the video when I am talking.
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